Father created us in His image (to look like him) and His likeness (to act like him). God loved the man so much He allowed man to be called “father” as He, Himself, was.
After creating man, Father God blessed him and gave him dominion (Genesis 1:26-28).
A father prepares his son not only for manhood (maturity) but also for the transfer of wealth from the father to the son.
We first need to understand that man was designed to reproduce after his own kind. Satan understands this principle, so he was unwilling to let a godly man reproduce. In other words, he had to corrupt the seed before reproduction took place.
Now if the seed is corrupted, it, too, will reproduce after its own kind.
The devil cannot create, he can only pervert and distort. He is sterile and has no seed within himself.
What the world – including the body of Christ – suffers from is a distortion of the image of fatherhood. If the image of the natural father is distorted, the image of the Heavenly Father is distorted in the eyes of man. This distortion also extends to the spiritual father; this is why many folks – Christians included – have a misguided view of the Man of God.
We live in a society that has entire government agencies dedicated to the notion that fathers are unnecessary. Women are told that they can raise a child with no father just as well as if one is present.
When you are born, you are created as a type and a shadow. You are an outline or a silhouette. Life’s experiences, especially that which is poured into you by your parents, changes us into an image with detail.
Think of it as a facial sketch – fathers fill in the technical or “hard” details (eyes, nose, mouth), while mothers fill in the adornment or “soft” details (shadows, highlights). When the father is not present, the hard details are not complete – all we get are shadows.
That’s because men are builders. God designed us to provide technical details while women are designed to provide accents and adornment.
When fathers are not present, children are raised into adulthood with no foundation, only decoration.
Don’t get me wrong, history is full of great men and women who did not have fathers present in their formative years. But this is the exception and not the rule.
As I mentioned, God gave man his title, “father.” This was the key to his image and likeness.
So the devil has used things as stumbling blocks (remember, he cannot create) to cause men to fail in their primary role. These same stumbling blocks lead people to believe that, “if my natural father let me down, why would God be any different?”
But God is different. And not only different – perfect! And through Jesus Christ, He re-creates us new in His image and likeness. When we become a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17), we take on the attributes of God manifested in Christ.
God not only fills in the technical details as the supreme engineer but also fills in the decorative details as the master artist. In other words, you become complete in Christ in ways your earthly parents could ever accomplish. This is why even a fatherless child or the child of a broken home becomes truly complete in Christ.
Jesus showed us the relationship between us and our Heavenly Father in the model (Lord’s) prayer, saying, “Our Father…”
Happy Fathers’ Day!
© 2012 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)